Almost Is Never...
Neverseen has vocals that sounds controlled and gnarly, music that sounds focused yet disparate, and arrangements with purposeful "mistakes." You'll soon forgive their unpatented clichés and double on-the-rocks entendres because they make sense at the time in a "don't knot" kind of way. A wordsmith and musical weaver, the knack for relating to tangents of everyday situations seems to come naturally to front man and songwriter, TJ Neveldine, a Central New York native. The subject matter of his songs is portrayed to be familiar and palpable to most who listen. Relationships, good and bad, monkeys of the back persuasion, personal growth anthems, and even an occasional dysfunctional family tune are some of the topics he touches up with the brush of his musical whimsy. The point of view is admittedly variable ranging from someone, it seems he may have heard about once, right through to the front row seat for events that were experienced too closely to talk about. Differentiating the former from the latter is not expected or necessary as the music speaks and stands for itself. The genre of Neverseen is best described as acoustic-based rock eked out in an emotional-laden and engaging singer-songwriter fashion. Put another way, it's like someone plopped the meat of 3 Doors Down, Alice In Chains, and Live in a blender, sprinkled it with Jack Johnson and then beat it with a folk singer who plays soft core punk but publishes under a jazz label just to piss you off. TJ began his musical journey in 1999 eventually playing front man to various original and cover rock bands in the Chicago and Syracuse areas. During this time he was part of the featured act for shows sponsored by 94.7 The Zone (Chicago) as well as many other live events including a benefit for the daughter of Northern New York local music legend Jay Brown (Edison). T.J.'s vocals and guitar playing led one of his group endeavors, Linus Whip, to be the first band ever invited to perform a live set on WIIT 88.9 FM, the radio station of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The band's local performance and recording efforts have been well received, so much so that Neverseen was invited to host a singer-songwriter evening weekly at a popular venue, Downtown Manhattan's in Hanover Square. The band members firmly believe in a supportive rather than competitive atmosphere for local music. The fan-base continues to grow, and the buzz of their entertaining music and energetic on-stage personas is maturing into a clearly audible hum. Over the past year, the band Neverseen had turned their attention toward writing, recording, and producing two much awaited CDs. Now the guys are ready to hit the circuit again, hoping to increase their fan-base and spread their music like a virus. Neverseen will draw you in with hooks and send you contemplating the messages...open the bottle and pass it around 'cause it's good for you.